Volunteerism

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At Humana, every associate is encouraged to be an active contributor to his or her community’s well-being, and we’ve created resources and experiences, such as our Volunteer Time Off benefit, to make it easy for them to do just that.

In 2016, Humana associates tracked 477,786 hours in Humana’s Volunteer Network, an internal tool for identifying volunteer opportunities and tracking engagement. Many of those hours reflect work with organizations that align with Humana’s dream of helping people achieve lifelong well-being. Whether it was completed during personal time or as a team-building activity, we’re proud of our associates’ efforts to give back to their communities. Volunteerism is part of our culture, and here are a few examples of the ways we serve others.

Giving Back for Diabetes Management

According to the International Diabetes Federation, an estimated half a million children worldwide below the age of 15 are living with type 1 diabetes and tens of thousands more are diagnosed every year.

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In early 2017, a significant amount of unused and unopened diabetic supplies were returned to Humana Pharmacy in Phoenix. To make the best use of returned supplies that otherwise would have been discarded, Humana Pharmacy teamed up with Insulin for Life USA, a nonprofit that provides insulin and disease-management supplies free of charge to those with diabetes in developing countries. We donated more than 4,500 pounds of diabetic supplies – including insulin syringes, pen needles, and test strips – to give people in places like Barbados, Belize, Ghana, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria and Uganda access to tools to help manage their diabetes.

Volunteer of the Year

Each year, the Humana Foundation honors one Humana associate who demonstrates an ongoing dedication to his or her community. The selected associate is awarded the opportunity to designate a $10,000 grant from the Humana Foundation to a nonprofit where he or she volunteers. The 2016 Volunteer of the Year Award went to Technology Consultant, Thomas Goff for his volunteer work with the Speed Art Museum and Habitat for Humanity.

Thomas logged more than 280 hours in the first 10 months of 2016 with the Speed Art Museum and Habitat for Humanity, where he is part of a construction crew.

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Thomas Goff, at right, Humana's Volunteer of the Year

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Values in Action

Humana associates in North Texas teamed up for a volunteer event with their local Habitat for Humanity affiliate last year. With paint brushes, rollers and ladders in hand, associates went to work painting the exterior of a house that was given to a Dallas family in need.

For the North Texas team – like many teams at Humana – these events not only allow them to be part of something meaningful but also to thrive together, inspire health, fulfill their purpose and cultivate a unique team environment within their office.

 

We Have You Covered

Humana’s Management Operating Committee kicked off a meeting in early 2016 by volunteering for Keeping Louisville Covered. More than 150 attendees came together to make no-sew fleece blankets. The blankets were donated to Seven Counties and Wellspring, nonprofit organizations that support people with behavioral health needs – a focus across Humana’s Bold Goal communities. During the meeting, Dr. Gregory Bayer, Vice President of Humana Behavioral Health, Inc., spoke about addressing the mental health needs of our communities. “Behavioral health has a significant impact on other aspects of health. For example, those who suffer depression have twice as many unhealthy days as the national average, which shows how strongly depression influences our overall health,” Dr. Bayer said.

To learn more about how behavioral health and our Bold Goal intersect, read the 2017 Bold Goal Report.

 

 

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